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Richland Drops Lc; Gsl Shut Out Of State

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It’s only fitting the last boys basketball game between Greater Spokane League teams would go into overtime.

Somehow, though, with all the upsets that highlighted the GSL season, it seemed as if sixth-place Rogers should have played in the last game involving a GSL team.

Instead, the Pirates were on their way home after reserve Mike Stueckle laid the ball into the basket just as time expired to give Lewis and Clark a wild 70-68 OT victory over Rogers in a Saturday afternoon loser-out game at the Lamb Weston Eastern AAA boys regional tournament at Pasco High School.

That meant LC had to face Richland on its home court for the third and last spot to this week’s Class AAA state tournament at the Kingdome, and the Bombers prevailed 69-46.

And the Tigers (17-9) had to be concerned after Soren Olson severely twisted his ankle in the celebration after the win. But he played most of the way against Richland.

Richland’s win means the Big Nine sends three teams to the state tournament, just like last year.

However, this year only three berths were available. No one connected with the GSL can remember the league not sending a representative to the state tournament.

Kamiakin beat Eisenhower, the sixth-place team from the Big Nine, 54-49, in the championship game.

Richland 69, Lewis and Clark 46

It started out in desperation, when the Bombers, holding a 21-16 lead, were in trouble against the scrambling Tigers, who seemed to have Richland trapped.

Then the bomb dropped.

Jon Spor split a double-team to the left of the foul line and found Neal Robertson in the right corner for a 3-pointer. After that, the Tigers never knew what hit them.

After a first quarter of seven lead changes and three ties, Richland outscored the Tigers 20-3 to race to a 36-17 halftime lead. The Bombers hit eight of their final 10 shots, including four 3s, three by Aric Buck with a hand in his face.

On the other end, LC couldn’t get anything to fall, making just one of 10 shots, that being a bunny by John Kane under the basket on an inbounds play.

An 18-1 run closed out the second quarter.

“Well, we went stone cold,” LC coach Glenn Williams said. “They seem like they shoot pretty well in this gym for some reason. But give them credit, they’re a good team.”

Richland made 15 of 27 shots in the first half to 8 of 27 for LC and the Bombers had a 16-6 edge in rebounding.

In the first quarter of a 16-14 Richland lead, all 16 Bombers points came from 6-1 Jeff Cahill (10) and 6-5 Doug Schulz, without Richland’s sharp-shooting guards getting off a shot.

Cahill finished with 16 points, Schulz and Buck had 15 each and Spohr had 13. Robertson had 10 points, but only hit two of seven 3s against Olson, who played all but 1 second until the final 90 seconds when both teams cleared the bench.

The closest the Tigers could get in the third quarter, which ended 50-32, was 14.

“The difference was rebounding,” Williams said. “They seemed to have four guys crash the boards every time. I don’t think we crashed very hard.”

The Tigers were outrebounded 31-13.

A crowd of 4,000, 75 percent cheering wildly for the Bombers, made it exciting, Williams said. “That was fun. That’s what it’s all about.”

Richland 16 20 14 19 - 69 Lewis and Clark 14 3 15 14 - 45

RICHLAND Spohr 5 2-2 13, Buck 4 4-5 15, Siefken 0 0-0 0, Bone 0 0- 0 0, Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Reed 0 0-0 0, Robertson 3 2-2 10, Schulz 6 3-5 15, Ash 0 0-0 0, Cahill 6 4-6 16, Coleman 0 0-0 0, Merkley 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 15-20 69. LEWIS AND CLARK Osborne 0 0-0 0, Lynch 0 0-0 0, Stueckle 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Olson 2 0-0 4, Homer 4 4-5 13, Ashe 1 0-0 3, Lockridge 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 0-0 0, Kane 4 1-2 9, Mencke 7 1-4 15, Haynes 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 6-11 46.

3-point goals - Spohr, Buck 3, Robertson 2, Homer, Ashe. Total fouls - R 11, LC 12. Fouled out - none.

Lewis and Clark 70, Rogers 68

The Tigers led Rogers 41-29 at halftime and 51-43 entering the fourth quarter, but the Pirates (12-12) wouldn’t quit coming and forced the overtime when Richie Fischer grabbed a loose ball after a missed shot and lofted in a shot as he was falling backward to the right of the lane, tying the score 61-61 at the buzzer.

Rogers scored six straight to lead 67-63 in OT, but the Tigers got five for a 68-67 lead with 47 seconds left. Both teams then missed chances. LC’s was especially difficult as Mike Homer, who led the Tigers with 20 points, missed a layup with 8.9 seconds to play. Then he fouled Alfred Muse, who played for the Tigers last year.

Muse connected on the front end of the one-and-one with 6.7 seconds remaining but missed the second and Paul Mencke grabbed the rebound for the Tigers. Stueckle, in the game because Olson fouled out early in OT after scoring 16 points, released down the left side and Homer went down the right. Mencke broke to the LC end, saw Stueckle and hit him in stride for the win. It was Stueckle’s only shot of the game.

“Why can’t anybody put Rogers away?” LC coach Glenn Williams asked. “They’re so tenacious. They just keep coming after you and coming after you. They’ve done a great job all season to put themselves in that position.”

The position was precarious at best when LC bridged the first- quarter break with a 13-2 run featuring five baskets, each from a different starter. That was good for a 26-16 lead that appeared too much cushion for Rogers to overcome, especially with LC hitting 15 of 20 shots in the first half, including nine in a row. LC ended up shooting 60 percent (27 of 45) for the game.

Muse kept Rogers in shouting distance with 13 of his season-high 21 points in the first half and then Fischer scored 14 of his 16 and Modesto Spencer 10 of his 12 in the second half to go with his 11 rebounds.

“It’s just a valiant group of young men who went beyond all expectations,” said Rogers coach Rick Mergenthaler.

Rogers 14 15 14 18 7 - 68 LC 21 20 10 10 9 - 70

ROGERS Muse 6 7-7 21, Simpson 1 0-0 3, Fischer 6 2-3 15, Scott 1 0-0 2, Spencer 6 0-0 12, Metcalfe 4 1-2 9, A.Olson 0 0-0 0, Mergenthaler 2 0-0 4, Smith 1 0-1 2. Totals 27 10-13 68. LEWIS AND CLARK Osborne 0 0-0 0, Lynch 3 0-0 6, Stueckle 1 0-0 2, S.Olson 6 2-4 16, Homer 7 4-9 20, Kane 3 6-7 12, Mencke 7 0-0 14, Haynes 0-0 0. Totals 27 12-20 70.

3-point goals - Muse 2, Simpson, Fischer, S.Olson 2, Homer 2. Total fouls - R 20, LC 18. Fouled out - Metcalfe.